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Boys Basketball

• Billings Central finished a sweep of its biggest rival Laurel, defeating the Locomotives 63-53 in Billings. Sam Gray led the Rams with 19 points, and Chrishon Dixon and Liam Clancy each added 14 for the second-ranked Rams. Central trailed 25-22 at halftime but the Rams opened the third quarter with 13 straight points to take the lead for good. Laurel freshman Carter Bales led the Locomotives in scoring with 16.

Sayer Patton's 35 points helped No. 9 Choteau to a 77-45 Class B victory at home over Cut Bank. Patton knocked down four 3-pointers overall and scored 18 of his points in the first half as the Bulldogs shot ahead 38-25, Teammate Jonathan Moore contributed 17 points. Devin Gobert of Cut Bank nailed six 3-pointers en route to 20 points.

Aaron White tossed in 35 points in Shelby’s 68-28 Class B win over Malta. White had seven 3-pointers, including four in the Coyotes’ 29-point third quarter.

Treyton Pickering scored 22 points and Mike Buckley added 14 as No. 7 Sunburst won at Simms 71-49 in Class C play. The Refiners (16-2) led 32-21 by intermission. Pickering tallied 14 of his points in the second half. Simms received 17 points from Korbin Sheldon.

• Plenty Coups dropped in 13 3-pointers in defeating Absarokee 92-60 in Class C play. Five Warriors finished in double figures, led by Blake DeCrane’s 32 points. Clarence Stewart and Marlan Goes Ahead each had 12 for Plenty Coups. Lazarus Hugs and Miles Brien had 11 each. Joaquin Pilcher led the Huskies with 23. 

Hunter Bowker, Will South and Davey Winn combined for 54 points in Bainville’s 60-56 Class C victory over Culbertson. Bowker finished with a game-high 22, South had 18 and Winn 14. Payton Hauge had 14 for the Cowboys. 

• Richey-Lambert’s four-point lead after the first quarter held in a 43-39 Class C win over Plentywood. Seth Prevost paced the Fusion with 14 points. Nate Harris and Jaxon Pedersen each had 10 for the Wildcats.

Kale Gierke had 20 points, 11 rebounds and five steals in Terry’s 73-45 Class C win over Broadus. He had 18 points in the first three quarters.

Tanner Wood's 32 points helped lead No. 7 Ennis to a 66-58 victory at Harrison-Willow Creek in C play. Wood knocked down four 3-pointers. The Mustangs used a big fourth quarter to pull out the win. Vern Homner finished with 19 points for Harrison-Willow Creek.

• Ethan Pyron scored 15 points and Adam Botkin added 13 in leading Frenchtown to a 60-49 Class A road win over Stevensville. Logan Roth scored 18 points for the Yellowjackets.

• Jack Lincoln pumped in 16 points in leading Missoula Loyola to a 61-40 Class B win at Eureka. Charles Burns added 10 points for the Rams.

Seeley-Swan raced to a 19-point halftime lead and cruised to a 64-37 Class C home victory over Victor. Cameron Haines scored 18 points and Chance Johnson 17 to lead the Blackhawks. Jerod Halley led the Pirates with 11.

Plains pushed to a 51-35 Class C home win over Noxon. Derick Curry scored 13 points and Tanner Ovitt 12 for the Horsemen. Alex Currie scored nine for the Red Devils.

Girls Basketball

• Isabelle Erickson scored 16 points and Olivia Moten-Schell added 10 as the Billings Central girls forced a logjam atop the Eastern A with a 49-24 win over Laurel. The Rams improved to 6-2 in the league, while Laurel dropped to 6-2. Hardin is 7-2. None of the three teams play each other in the remainder of the regular season. Aspen Cotter led Laurel with 11 points.

• No. 5 Poplar topped No. 4 Harlem 64-50 behind 21-point performances from Alleen Russell and Imani Bighorn. Poplar held Harlem to a four-point second quarter, grabbing a 30-12 lead by halftime and never looking back. Skylee Dirden led Harlem with 16 points on the night. 

• No. 9-ranked Plentywood ran its season record to 17-1 by winning at Richey-Lambert 47-24 in Class C action. The Wildcats were led by the 11 points of Hallie Wangerin en route to clinching the 2C regular-season title. Brenna Osksa chipped in with nine points and Mikayla Stevens eight. Richey-Lambert received nine points from Haley Olson.

• No. 1 Three Forks continued to roll, defeating Columbus 60-34. Kyle Olson scored 22 points and Shainy Mack added 18 as the Wolves continued to remain unbeaten on the year. According to Norman Darlington, Mack played her last home game for Three Forks and currently has 1,345 career points up to this point. Maddi Carman scored eight points to lead Columbus. 

• No. 2 Townsend held off Jefferson 51-46. The Bulldogs led 24-23 at halftime, but held Jefferson to six points in the third quarter. Catie Wilson scored 13 points to lead Townsend. Tavia Rooney added 11 and Deni Dolan contributed 10. Ellie Evertz scored 21 points for Jefferson and Aubrey McMaster added 15.

Kit Little Light’s 21 points in the first three quarters helped Plenty Coups beat Absarokee 50-34 in Class C action. Little Light had four 3-pointers. 

• Westby-Grenora opened with matching 17-point quarters in a 56-28 Class C win over Circle. Jenna Rust had 23 points for the Thunder and Kinley Peterson had 14.

• Kylie Willett scored 19 points and Liv Williams added 18 in leading Frenchtown to a 55-37 Class A home win over Stevensville. Megan Pendergast scored 14 points for the Yellowjacks.

• Tessa Burke totaled 14 points in leading Missoula Loyola to a 42-38 Class B win at Eureka. Syd Koppang added nine points for the Breakers (12-4).

Morgan Radtke racked up 20 points in leading Drummond to a 58-11 Class C home win over Lima. Allie Parke added 10 points for the Trojans.

20-Point Party

42: CJ Nelson, Scobey

37: Philip Malatare, Arlee

36: Beau Santisteven, Bigfork

35: Will Mesteth, Arlee

35: Aaron White, Shelby

35: Sayer Patton, Choteau 

32: Blake DeCrane, Plenty Coups

32: Tanner Wood, Ennis

30: Kailee Oliverson, Twin Bridges

29: Alex Veltkamp, Manhattan Christian

28: John Schladweiler, Reed Point-Rapelje

28: Corbin Lonebear, Dodson 

28: Payton Peterson, Lincoln

28: Ben Iron Eyes, Rocky Boy

27: Nathan Brown, Lincoln

27: Bryn Anderson, Great Falls Central

26: Christian Melby, Westby-Grenora

26: Adrienne Gopher, Rocky Boy

26: Sadie Brown, Lustre Christian

26: Adrienne Gopher, Rocky Boy

26: Ian Farris, St. Regis

25: Kyndall Keller, Havre

25: Jessica Adkins, Bridger

25: Kyndall Keller, Havre

24: Gabriella Caprasso, Lustre Christian

24: Whitney Kittleman, Ekalaka

24: Sam Beighle, Missoula Sentinel

24: Aspen Giese, Fort Benton

23: Jenna Rust, Westby-Grenora

23: Carson Cayko, Fairview

23: Damon Sadler, Poplar

23: Bridger Larson, Sidney

23: Riley Donaldson, Denton-Geyser-Stanford

22: Max Feight, Whitehall 

22: Treyton Pickering, Sunburst 

22: Erynn Thier, Eureka

22: Hunter Bowker, Bainville

22: Luke Heaphy, Butte Central

22: Kyle Olson, Three Forks

22: Joseph Williamson, Wolf Point

22: Karsen Murphy, Glendive

22: Brad Cichosz, Harlem

22: Matlock Morrison, Custer-Hysham

22: Skyler Martin, Shelby

22: Sydney Von Bergen, Denton-Geyser-Stanford

22: Brady Duvall, Geraldine-Highwood

21: JeriLyn Dietz, Lincoln

21: Kody Jarvis, Kalispell Glacier

21: Taylor Rowlison, Joliet

21: Lonni Kortum, Terry

21: Alleen Russell, Poplar

21: Imani Bighorn, Poplar

21: Ellie Evertz, Jefferson

21: Ryelee Wiseman, Wibaux

21: Kit Little Light, Plenty Coups

21: Brandon Travs, Centerville

21: Dominik Dunk, Power

20: Talon Johnstone, Park City

20: Ryan Bogden, Cascade

20: Devin Gobert, Cut Bank

20: Kylee Thompson, St. Regis

20; Morgan Radtke, Drummond

20: Jared Pardee, Ekalaka

20: Mick O'Connor, Ekalaka

20: Trevor Herzog, Reed Point-Rapelje

20: Kale Gierke, Terry

20: Logan Gilliard, Bigfork

20: Justin Stulc, Roy-Winifred

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